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1,345 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help at Newport News in the last year

Discover how starting PTSD/trauma therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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I am a strong advocate of empowering my clients to be the best version of who they are in order to succeed and go far physically and mentally.

Starting PTSD/trauma therapy

What is PTSD/trauma therapy?

At Thriveworks, PTSD/trauma therapy involves dedicated efforts to address and navigate through past and/or recent traumatic events. Therapists specializing in trauma create a secure environment to process and heal from these experiences, aiming to reduce trauma-related symptoms and enhance overall quality of life.

How does PTSD/trauma therapy work?

Our Thriveworks providers use PTSD/trauma therapy treatments like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR, CBT, and exposure therapy with the goal of helping clients process the traumatic events they have experienced so that they can to start feeling safe and secure again.

Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can vary but often include:

  • Flashbacks and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Intense anxiety and irritability
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Negative changes in mood and thought patterns
  • Increased arousal, like difficulty concentrating or exaggerated startle response

How do you overcome PTSD triggers?

The best way to overcome PTSD triggers is to seek the assistance of a professional therapist, such as those at Thriveworks, who can help you to understand and treat your PTSD triggers.

What type of therapist is best for PTSD?

In most cases, a therapist who specializes in PTSD/trauma therapy is the best type of mental health professional to address the symptoms of PTSD.

Is PTSD/trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

PTSD/trauma therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long should you go to therapy for PTSD?

If a client is working through a single traumatic event that occurred as an adult, trauma or PTSD therapy may only take a few months, but in general, it can take a year or more to effectively treat trauma symptoms and PTSD. The duration of treatment is highly dependent on the client and the severity of their symptoms.

How successful is therapy for PTSD?

The success rate of therapy for PTSD depends entirely on the individual's symptoms, commitment to attending sessions, and personal abilities.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—Counselors in Newport News, VA

The symptoms of PTSD can show themselves within hours or days of the event, but it can also take months or years for PTSD to develop. Whenever PTSD occurs, it is important to know what it is so that help can be sought. There are many effective treatments for PTSD. Thriveworks Newport News offers therapy for PTSD, and our therapists and psychologists have helped many people process what has happened to them and how to feel safe again.

Risk Factors for PTSD

Not everyone who lives through a trauma will develop PTSD. Whether PTSD occurs or not has nothing to do with whether an individual is resilient or capable or strong. Instead, the risk factors for PTSD are often outside of an individual’s control. PTSD is more likely to develop when an individual has…

  • Lived through an acute or on-going trauma.
  • A family history of mental illness—depression and anxiety in particular.
  • An unsupportive social and emotional network—few or uncaring family members and friends.
  • A job where they are regularly exposed to the potential of trauma: first responder, military personnel, ER doctor, police office, and more.
  • Experienced other traumatic events in their past—particularly child abuse or neglect.
  • A current or past addiction or history of substance abuse.
  • Difficulty with brain functioning—how it releases and regulates hormones when endangered, threatened, or stressed.
  • Experienced long-term, intense trauma.

Trauma can come in any shape or form. No list could contain all the situations where trauma can occur, but a few common types of trauma include combat exposure, physical assault, sexual violence, receiving a terminal diagnosis, childhood abuse (sexual, physical, or emotional), being threatened, being bullied, experiencing an accident (fire, car crash, et cetera), and more.

PTSD’s Symptoms

PTSD has several different types of symptoms:

New, Contrary Feelings and Thoughts
Trauma can change people’s thinking patterns. It can alter the way they view themselves, the event, other people, and the world. If people have PTSD, they may believe…

  1. The world is not a safe place—ever.
  2. People cannot be trusted, and relationships are harmful.
  3. The trauma should be forgotten and never spoken of.

Avoidance
PTSD can cause people to reorder their lives so that they avoid everything that remotely reminds them of the event. People often desperately want to escape the trauma, but in their avoidance, they may also cut out many good things that life has to offer. Avoidance can take any form, but people may,

  1. Stop driving or riding in a car—especially if the trauma involved a car accident.
  2. Refuse to meet friends because they do not want to be out in a crowd or feel trapped.
  3. Avoid the news, TV, movies, and other forms of media.

Re-living the Event
PTSD may leave people stuck in the trauma in that they relive the event, again and again. At inopportunity and unplanned times, images and feelings that are associated with the trauma can arise. Reliving the trauma may look like…

  1. Intrusive memories or flashbacks that feel very real—like the event is happening again.
  2. Particular sounds, sights, or smells that trigger the trauma.
  3. Nightmares and terrors that are filled with fear and anxiety.

Hyperarousal
The event may have passed in time and space, but PTSD can leave people constantly alert to the danger. Hyperarousal can exhaust people and look like…

  1. An easy startle response to loud noises or surprises.
  2. The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  3. Difficulty focusing on a particular task.

Appointments for PTSD Treatment at Thriveworks Newport News

Did you recognize any of the signs, symptoms, or risk factors for PTSD? If you did, know that help is available. PTSD can be a crippling mental illness, but there are treatment options for it.

When people reach out to Thriveworks Newport News for help with PTSD, our therapists offer them a personalized treatment plan. We know your trauma is a sensitive wound. We are walked with many clients as they find healing.

If you are ready to get started on PTSD treatment, so are we. When you call our office, a scheduling specialist will answer and help you make an appointment. Weekend and evening sessions are offered.

We also accept a number of insurance plans. Call today—or go online to get started with one of our therapists.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Newport News therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Newport News
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.8 Learn about verified reviews
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Ms. Brenda, is a outstanding MHP, she takes times to listen and gives outstanding advice. She always give suggested reading and the reading has helped tremendously.
Read more Ms. Brenda, is a outstanding MHP, she takes times to listen and gives outstanding advice. She always give suggested reading and the reading has helped tremendously.
ROBERT Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Pennie Hurta has been a great therapist for me. I also love that she is always doing continuing education. She is on it! Highly recommended!
Read more Pennie Hurta has been a great therapist for me. I also love that she is always doing continuing education. She is on it! Highly recommended!
Hedi Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Thank you Thrive Works fdor your servicesw. The therapy,counseling and Coaching I received from DR.Patrical Jone Psy was excellent all the material and coaching was so much beneficial to me>The first day i was fearful that i would not be able to get through my grieving of loss of my wife of 52 years but after going through the affirmation of self-esteem gave me a new outlook that i could put my life together aqgain.With hope and prayer along with support group iam on the road aqgain. I feel better about now and iam optimistic about life.. so thank you Dr. Jones again for your coaching. It is not what happened to me but how I handle it that determines my emotional well-being Donnell
Read more Thank you Thrive Works fdor your servicesw. The therapy,counseling and Coaching I received from DR.Patrical Jone Psy was excellent all the material and coaching was so much beneficial to me>The first day i was fearful that i would not be able to get through my grieving of loss of my wife of 52 years but after going through the affirmation of self-esteem gave me a new outlook that i could put my life together aqgain.With hope and prayer along with support group iam on the road aqgain. I feel better about now and iam optimistic about life.. so thank you Dr. Jones again for your coaching. It is not what happened to me but how I handle it that determines my emotional well-being Donnell
Newport News Nov 2019
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★★★★★
I decided to seek counseling for the first time 3 months ago and I’m glad I did! It’s been a huge blessing for me, and my counselor James Martin is so wonderful! I look forward to our sessions and find myself feeling so good after them. Coming to counseling gives me an opportunity to talk about everything that has happened in the last two weeks and really process it. James has taught me a very important lesson of learning to accept things that happen in life & I’m really happy with Thriveworks. I tell people about you guys all the time!
Read more I decided to seek counseling for the first time 3 months ago and I’m glad I did! It’s been a huge blessing for me, and my counselor James Martin is so wonderful! I look forward to our sessions and find myself feeling so good after them. Coming to counseling gives me an opportunity to talk about everything that has happened in the last two weeks and really process it. James has taught me a very important lesson of learning to accept things that happen in life & I’m really happy with Thriveworks. I tell people about you guys all the time!
Newport News Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I had the pleasure of working with patrica jones .a very caring and thoughtful counselor ,but due to her leaving the newport news office i chose to stay on this side to get future help.
Read more I had the pleasure of working with patrica jones .a very caring and thoughtful counselor ,but due to her leaving the newport news office i chose to stay on this side to get future help.
Newport News Mar 2019
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★★★★★
I highly recommend Dr. Patty! She is amazing and very professional. From the first call to the last session, I was always treated with respect and kindness.
Read more I highly recommend Dr. Patty! She is amazing and very professional. From the first call to the last session, I was always treated with respect and kindness.
Newport News Jan 2019
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★★★★★
My daughter really enjoys her appointments.
Newport News Jan 2019
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★★★★★
I love the gentle treatment im shown whether its on the phone or in person. Its been easier to see hope in my future just from the two visits ive had so far.
Read more I love the gentle treatment im shown whether its on the phone or in person. Its been easier to see hope in my future just from the two visits ive had so far.
Newport News Nov 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

We are located off of Loftis Blvd, directly across the street from the Sentara Medical Campus. Once you reach the parking lot, you'll see our office (with our logo on the door) at the front of the building parallel to Loftis Blvd.

Phone number

(757) 418-8127

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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